Northeastern University Assistant Director IP & Contract Counsel in United States

Location: Boston Main Campus

Division/College: Research and Graduate Education

FT/PT: Full Time

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director, Intellectual Property and Contract Counsel plays a key role in the success of the technology transfer process at Northeastern University. The primary purpose of this role is to effectively protect and manage the University’s intellectual property assets to create a robust portfolio to be used as a vehicle for commercialization. Duties include invention disclosure review, patent protection and prosecution, facilitating agreement, overseeing license compliance, ensuring enforcement of intellectual property rights, and implementing intellectual property educational programs at the University.

The Assistant Director, Intellectual Property and Contract Counsel, will support the Center of Research Innovation through effective leadership of the technology transfer function, and work closely with the Commercialization Staff in the pursuit of commercial agreements for the development and monetization of the University’s intellectual property portfolio. This position reports to the Director of Intellectual Property and the Director of Operations and Finance, and works closely with Office of General Counsel to accurately represent the University’s position on matters related to intellectual property and agreement terms.

This position requires a strong managerial capability combined with an entrepreneurial mindset in order to optimize the technology transfer function of the Center for Research Innovation (CRI). Organized, timely communications, and efficient time management with demonstrated prioritization skills are mandatory for success in this position.


Minimum Educational Requirements: Must have a J.D. and be a member of the Massachusetts Bar, a minimum of 2-5 years of experience as an intellectual property lawyer. Industry and or Venture experience strongly desired. 1-3 years of technology transfer experience desired.

Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively, excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact internally and externally; strong interpersonal skills, including integrity, courtesy, professionalism and a collaborative approach to develop and maintain work relationships, strong organizational and analytical skills.

Experience working intellectual property along continuum from assessment to its protection, development and commercialization. Experience in negotiation and drafting of intellectual property agreements. Demonstrated knowledge of issues typical to legally binding agreements, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights, indemnification and insurance requirements, mitigation of publication restrictions, ownership of research data, and export control issues.

Required Skills & Knowledge: Demonstrated organizational and analytical skills, effective at setting priorities and obtaining closure. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and see them through to successful completion/execution. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to interact creatively and harmoniously with colleagues and inventors. Ability to work independently and collaboratively with other colleagues. An ability to proactively seek and develop solutions to complex problems and manage multiple project simultaneously. General knowledge of technology transfer and detailed knowledge of the laws that relate to intellectual property, particularly patenting, strongly preferred. Knowledge of and experience in technology, business and other licensing and business principles is essential. Strong principle-based negotiation and agreement drafting experience preferred. An understanding of areas of key concern to academic institutions in the negotiation of contracts with industry is preferred, with a particular focus on agreement provisions related to intellectual property management, publications, and data ownership and rights.

Requisition Number: STFR005118